At the age of 17, Aleshia Wilson suffered severe injuries in a car crash. She followed doctor's orders, but never shook the pain until she was 20 and had her first professional massage. Aleshia instantly realized how much more effective the therapist’s kneads were than the treatments she had previously tried and decided to earn her own degree in massage therapy at Georgia Medical Institute.
Now, she brings clients the same relief at Hopeful Heart Therapeutic Massage. Myofascial release is her specialty; during sessions, she applies pressure to stretch out compressed muscles, soothing pain and tension all over the body. Swedish massages sooth mental stress from long hours of work or grueling games of Battleship, and pampering details such as aromatherapy and heated foot-booties complete the spa experience.
Even when the sun is vacationing in Australia for the winter, clients looking for a sun-kissed glow can find satisfaction in one of U-Tan Salon’s UV tanning beds. Here, the staff ensures a safe, even tan by calibrating each session to your skin type. They also tinker with the rays’ intensity based on how long it’s been since you last went tanning, or how much time you spend in front of a computer screen with a tropical island background. Patrons can also enhance their newly bronzed bodies with infrared body wraps and medical weight loss consultations.
Karma Organic Spa is an earth-friendly online store stocked with a full line of organic nailcare, skincare and bodycare products. Give nails a glamorous coat of “Oh, Tiff!” teal polish ($9.99), then, buff it away with soy-based nail polish remover, which was an Allure magazine Editors' Choice. Or, order Karma Organic Lotion ($16) (available in cucumber-and-mint, eucalyptus, geranium, peppermint, and lavender) to smoothify and slickify hands in preparation for retrieving keys lost at the bottom of a Pringles can.
At Cuvée Day Spa, licensed massage therapist and licensed esthetician Julie Austin eases muscle aches or persistent pain with Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and prenatal modalities, available in her studio. She also creates beach-ready looks with custom airbrush spray tans.
Gyrotonic's restorative methods are in its name: "gyro" means spiral, and "tonic" means tone. Performed on a special Gyrotonic apparatus, this therapeutic exercise uses circular, low-impact movements to stretch and strengthen bodies—especially in the joints, spine, and abs. This mode of healing exemplifies the type of nontraditional practices the therapists and Pilates instructors at Above Physical Therapy often rely on, in addition to classic physical therapy.
Owners Cathie Politis Fennell, Phil Fennell, and Olga Politis foster a collaborative approach at Salon Greco The European Day Spa. Every team member possesses a specialty within their field—for example, a massage therapist specializing in neuromuscular therapy, and a stylist who focuses on coloring—which means an expert is always available to consult with clients.
The salon's decor incorporates a granite reception desk, wall art as circular as a child's logic for why she should get a soda, and elegant chairs and rugs that match the ornate earth-tone floor. Stylists welcome guests into this environment before beginning each appointment by considering their subject's face shape and hair texture. They can also help clients combat thinning hair with restoration treatments. At the spa, aestheticians, nail technicians, and massage therapists wait on guests with relaxing treatments for the whole body, including nonsurgical face-lifts with the Neurotris facial-rejuvenation system.